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International cheese fest comes to Madison

International cheese fest comes to Madison

EatDrinkMadison.com previews the Festival of Cheese

I am astonished that the annual Festival of Cheese, taking place from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Monona Terrace, will have more than 1,700 cheeses for attendees to try. That’s in addition to the crackers, charcuterie, preserves, honeys and yes, craft beer.

The festival (tickets are $55 and available online) follows the 30th annual American Cheese Society Conference, which starts July 31. Approximately 900 attendees from all over the United States and countries such as France and Australia are expected to descend upon Madison.

Read more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

 

Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

The designer of a new course for a specialty sport said the south side park offers a quick game for players of all ages.

Larry Ast designed the new Capital Springs Course, in the Capital Springs State Recreation area just south of Lake Farm County Park. He said the game is much like traditional golf but does offer its own spin.

"It's just like ball golf: You throw a drive, you do an approach putt … but you're throwing it into a basket," Ast explained.

The sport also offers different tools to achieve game goals. Instead of a variety of clubs, the discs are of varying sizes, weights and designs.

The Capital Springs Course is a family-friendly park that lends itself easily to the group activity with shorter games, representatives said.

Downtown business, neighbors excited about Rhythm and Booms' move

Downtown business, neighbors excited about Rhythm and Booms' move

John Nolen Drive will shut down, huge crowds will flood downtown, and loud blasts will explode in the same lake Leigh Meier lives near -- and Meier is excited.

"That'd be great," Meier said. "I mean, I'd love it if it was right here on the lake."

The Lakeside Court neighbor usually spends the Fourth of July scoping the lake for a good vantage point. This year, her pontoon can stay docked because Rhythm and Booms is moving to Lake Monona.

After the fireworks show became controversial among neighbors at its former home at Warner Park on the north side, city officials and event organizers decided to move it.

The 1.6-mile-long Independence Day celebration will block John Nolen Drive in both directions. Two lanes will be reserved for fireworks observers, while the other lanes will house food, drinks, and bathrooms, as well as easy access for police patrol.

Madison restaurants embrace diverse Mediterranean culture

Madison restaurants embrace diverse Mediterranean culture

A canvas of brilliant blue water, white, sandy beaches and lush, green vegetation, the Mediterranean region is a popular destination for travelers and one of the most widely represented cuisines among Madison’s international restaurants. Authentic Mediterranean food cannot be distilled to just one menu because the cultural and ethnic diversity surrounding the actual Mediterranean Sea makes for a diverse regional diet.

In Madison, restaurants whose chefs and owners have ties directly back to a Mediterranean home country include Plaka Taverna, Mediterranean Cafe and Bunky’s Cafe.

Willy Street Co-op supports FEED with grill benefit funds

Willy Street Co-op supports FEED with grill benefit funds

Willy Street Co-op turned up the grills on June 15 and June 22 in a benefit event for FEED Kitchens.

The cookouts, which took place at the east and then west Willy Street locations, were part of the Grilling for Good events that the Co-op hosts from May through September to benefit local organizations and projects.

On June 15, Willy Street Co-op East served about 125 attendees, according to Willy Street Co-op Event Coordinator Jack Kear. The June 22 event had a strong turnout at at Willy Street Co-op West despite a morning rain storm.

Health care facility celebrates solstice with garden stroll

Health care facility celebrates solstice with garden stroll

St. Mary’s Mission Awareness Team and Pastoral Care Department offered a candlelit walk through the hospital's labyrinth last month to celebrate the solstice.

Staff, visitors and patients were invited to take a peaceful, meditative stroll through the labyrinth to reflect and rejuvenate on June 21.

Hospital representatives said lemonade was served and luckily the rain held off until the event was almost over. Before the drops fell several staff and visitors took the opportunity to slow down and reflect.

Democracy decays with focus on candidate funding, author says

Democracy decays with focus on candidate funding, author says

A local author and national political reporter's newest book discusses campaign funding and the 2012 presidential election.

The book, "Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America," written by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney, was published earlier in June.

Nichols and McChesney both live part-time in Madison.

Nichols said the high-cost campaigns are threatening to make democracy too finance-focused.

 

 

Watch Nichols discuss the book, his theory of “Dollarocracy,” the media election complex and more with News 3 Monday.